1st AP Northwest News Minute

Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A winter storm moved across the northern half of Oregon and parts of southern Washington, socking in the Columbia Gorge and dumping large amounts of snow in Central and Eastern Oregon yesterday. In Central Oregon, KTVZ-TV reported half a foot of snow or more, and one person died in a car crash on Highway 26 east of Prineville.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police in Portland say a man suspected of killing a 25-year-old woman in 1988 has been arrested in San Diego. Walter Howard is awaiting extradition to Oregon. Homicide detectives handling unsolved cases identified Howard as a suspect. Police did not immediately release other details.

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) – An Eastern Oregon rescue group is caring for 68 cats found in a van in what one worker described as “a swirling mass.” The Ontario Argus Observer reports that authorities got a cat hoarding complaint Sunday. The Malheur County sheriff’s office says 55-year-old Cynthia Allen has relinquished the van and cooperated with investigators. Once healthy, the cats are to be offered for adoption.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The University of Oregon announced that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, donated $50 million toward the school’s $2 billion capital campaign. The largest donation was $100 million by Penny and Philip Knight to create the Oregon Athletics Legacy Fund, August 2007.